COVID-19 vaccine: survey plea and update

The NHS has reached a critical milestone of more than 22 million COVID-19 vaccines administrated across the UK.

On 15 February 2021, the NHS moved on to vaccinating people in priority group 6, which includes people with severe mental illness (SMI), people with severe and profound learning disability and carers.

In England, we know that local vaccination services led by GPs are working hard to offer the vaccination to everyone living with SMI and/or intellectual disability in the community, and hospital providers are offering the vaccine to people in Mental Health, Learning Disability and Autism settings who are aged 16 or above.

NHS England is running a survey for health and social care staff relating to the COVID-19 vaccine.

Vaccine information for psychiatrists

We’ve created a webpage about COVID-19 vaccination to give you a one-stop shop with links to key information you need.

It provides:

Our lobbying work

The College has been working hard to ensure that people with SMI, intellectual disability and autism are not forgotten in the allocation of COVID vaccines.

We’ve written to the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) and discussed with the Secretary of State Matt Hancock about how these groups are at an elevated risk of morbidity and mortality and that inpatients and residential settings are high-risk environments for these patients.

We were pleased to see that when JCVI updated our guidance in December they included our recommendation that adults with severe mental illness, intellectual disability, and/or dementia are included in the priority group to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at the same time as other high-risk adults with underlying physical health conditions. We are now monitoring vaccine uptake in these groups. 

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